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Chippy Painted Antique Children’s Chairs

I love thinking about how many little butts have sat in these chairs.  As expected, they were quite worn and smattered with other signs of age like discoloration and little…

The Best Way to Clean Hardware

I love to use original hardware on furniture pieces, but with years of use, grime and tarnish build up and the hardware takes on a dark, dirty look.  There are…

The Natural Way to Remove Oil-Based Paint from Your Hands

I always cringe a little inside when I read that people throw away their paint brushes when they use oil-based paint.  Yes, it is not as easy to clean up…

DIY Painted School House Light

I’ve been drooling over this light for a long time, but no matter how much I love it, I just can’t justify the price tag. Contemporary Ceiling Lighting by Titusville…

Ceiling Fan Update

This project couldn’t get any easier; I didn’t even need to remove the fan from the ceiling!  Although ceiling fans aren’t the most aesthetically appealing fixtures in a room, they…

The Best Primers for Painting Furniture

I’ll admit it, I’m a big fan of primer.  Yes, it adds an extra step to any sort of paining project, but I’ve always found it to be well worth…

Diamond Patterned Wooden Crate

One of my very best friends is having her first baby.  All those little items are definitely necessities, but not the most exciting gifts to give, or open.  My friends…

Grandpa’s Dresser Gets a Facelift

My grandparents left behind some wonderful pieces of furniture.  Although I don’t remember these pieces in their home, when I open the drawers, it still smells like Grandpa.  We had…

Picture Frame Gallery Wall

I love painting wooden picture frames.  They allow me experiment with different painting techniques with no pressure.  If I mess one up, it’s easy and quick to paint over, far…

Updating a Metal Filing Cabinet

I was on the hunt for a cheap, but sturdy, metal filing cabinet for a couple of months.  I didn’t want to pay more than $10 for it.  After months…

DIY Fabric Bookshelves

We have hundreds of books at our house. I have thousands of books in my classroom. We have enough books to entertain a kid from birth to their early teens.…

Dresser update with Miss Mustard Seed in Luckett's Green and French Enamel

Game Cabinet Refresh with Milk Paint

I’ve only used Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint a couple of times, but I am in love!  I am having so much fun exploring different techniques and the finishes they…

DIY Drop Cloth Slipcover

 Okay, so I admit it.  This isn’t a true slipcover.  It’s more of a hybrid between a slipcover and a new upholstery job.  When I did this project, I had…

Start off the year on the right foot with an inspirational classroom decoration with book pages.

Welcome to a New School Year!

Well, it’s official.  Another “first day of school” is in the record books.  We survived, quite successfully, if I do say so myself. Setting a positive and welcoming tone as…

Mid-Century Modern Coral Nightstands

These nightstands forced me to step out of my comfort zone, but I’m sure happy that I did!  I picked these up at a flea market, and although I’m not…

Grain Sack Inspired Telephone Chair

I recently found this grain sack at an estate sale.  (I don’t know if I’ve mentioned how much I love estate sales.  I love them.  My 2 year old daughter…

cheap kitchen remodel

Kitchen Refresh on a $500 Budget

Faux wood cabinet doors, peeling yellow and brown kitchen-motif wallpaper, gold specked countertops, what color is that, gold? green? old? tile backsplash, faux wood paneling:  the design of this kitchen had…

Transform an old media cabinet into a hidden desk and command center

TV Armoire to a Hidden Office Desk

I’ve talked a bit about our house in previous posts, but I’ll recap by reminding you that we don’t really have much room to spare.  My husband and I decided…